Bishop Carlton Pearson to deliver keynote at March on Springfield for Marriage Equality

Mon. October 14, 2013 3:54 PM by News Staff

“Gospel of Inclusion” author joins other faith leaders calling for Illinois marriage vote

Chicago, IL - Bishop Carlton Pearson, "a voice of reason in a world of extremes," will deliver the keynote speech at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Tuesday, Oct. 22. 

A progressive teacher, activist, leader and peace agent, Bishop Pearson is the founder and spiritual director of New Dimensions Chicago, a multicultural and inclusive "metacostal" spiritual community that emphasizes expanded consciousness, inclusive love and self-actualization.

Bishop Pearson is the author of "The Gospel Of Inclusion" and his most recent book is titled "God Is Not A Christian, Nor A Jew, Muslim, Hindu... God Dwells With Us, In Us, Around Us, As Us."

Bishop Pearson joins a roster of LGBT leaders and their allies, plus representatives of the broad coalition working to make Illinois the 14th state to provide equal access to the freedom to marry. Other faith leaders will also speak at the rally alongside leaders from the LGBT, labor, immigration, women's health, business and sports communities.

Religious leaders also speaking at the rally include: Pastor Jamie Frazier, Senior Pastor, Lighthouse Church; Rev. Mark Kiyimba, Leader of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kampala, Uganda; Pastor Rachelle Brown, Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church; and Rev. Martin Woulfe, Minister, Springfield Unitarian Universalist Church. 

The March on Springfield rally will take place from 1 to 2:30 pm. Rock The March, a free one-hour concert featuring top LGBT talent with Illinois roots, will precede the rally from Noon to 1 pm. At the rally's conclusion, Illinois families will lead the attendees on a march around the State Capitol.

There is no cost to attend the march and all members of the public are welcome. For more information, including a list of Springfield-bound busses with available seats, visit

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